Containers made of plants have been used by our ancestors around the world for thousands of years. Learn to weave a ribbed egg basket out of locally harvested willow, english ivy, morning glory and tule. Identifying plants for weaving opens a new world to connecting with and using plants as tools. Depending on the size of your basket, some participants may finish within the time frame of the class, while others may need to complete theirs at home.
“The marvel of a basket is in its transformation, its journey from wholeness as a living plant to fragmented strands and back to wholeness again as a basket. A basket knows the dual powers of destruction and creation that shape the world. Strands once separated are rewoven into a new whole. The journey of a basket is also the journey of a people.”
― Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass
Who: We created this class for adults. Children with knife safety & carving experience ages 14 and up may enroll independently and be dropped off without a parent.
Where: Big Oak Canyon (Silverado Canyon)
Things Participants will Bring
- Pruning shears (if you do not have these, we have a few to borrow)
- A knife (If you want to purchase one on site, we will be bringing Morakniv knives for sale)
- Comfortable outdoor clothing and shoes
- Drinking water*
- Lunch and/or snacks*
*We encourage you to bring water and food in reusable containers.
Things Earthroots will provide
- Materials and tools for participants to make a basket
Earthroots is committed to creating nature connection opportunities for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) participants and families in need.
About the Instructors
Founder | Executive Director
Jodi is passionate about sharing the earth’s gifts with children, knowing that they will inherit it all. Her hope is that we will protect these gifts along with the knowledge to make them worthwhile for generations to come. Jodi has been living and teaching experientially-based environmental education professionally since 1999. Her teaching style incorporates outdoor, hands-on activities that awaken a sense of connection and stewardship between children and the natural world. Jodi enjoys spending time in nature with her young children.
Director of Curriculum and Instruction | Instructor
Karen began her adventure with Earthroots in 2013 with her children in the Forest Kindergarten program shortly after moving to Orange County. She is a mother of four school aged children, and spending time with them outdoors is a priority. Karen was a public school teacher for 14 years in Long Beach, and she has a multiple subject teaching credential and a Master of Education in Dual Language Development. As Earthroots’ curriculum writer, she develops lessons that engage kids with the outside world. Karen is grateful for the opportunity to connect her two passions at Earthroots- her love of nature and teaching children.